The House and Senate are far apart on how much to mete out for cleanup and recovery after an unusual streak of natural disasters this year. They don't usually budget for such events.
Talks broke down on key fronts this week as an impasse appeared on cutting spending and raising taxes. That leaves bipartisan leadership talks, chaired by Vice President Biden, as the main venue for a deal that could pass both the House and Senate.
Usually natural allies, the tea party and the business lobby are at odds over if and how to raise the national debt limit.
The Senate passed an unemployment extension Wednesday evening. Who is eligible? Is it retroactive to June 2? When will the checks be in the mail? We cover the basics.
States that have not already expanded Medicaid programs are worried about healthcare reform bringing new financial burdens.
A vote to raise the national debt ceiling is always tough, because it casts the majority party as a reckless spender. But Congress must confront the issue, probably Jan. 20, upon lawmakers' return from recess. If the ceiling is not raised, the government will likely run out of funds in February.
The issue of controlling healthcare costs is so contentious that Congress may opt for a bill that punts much of the task to an independent commission.
There won’t be a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) next year. But lawmakers of both parties – and Obama – want to help Social Security recipients during tough economic times.
Even as the president urges Senate Democrats to move quickly, a Congressional Budget Office ruling lowers a hurdle that tripped up the Clinton-era reform effort.
Though Democrats are asking for bipartisan support, the resolution passed Wednesday suggests they are prepared to go it alone on healthcare and education reform.